The Pittsburgh Penguins have made it official, placing Alex Galchenyuk on injured reserve and recalling Adam Johnson. Galchenyuk and Patric Hornqvist both missed practice today and were listed as day-to-day. Johnson will come up after recording two points in his AHL debut this season.
Johnson will be given quite the opportunity in Pittsburgh in the meantime, as not only are Galchenyuk and Hornqvist banged up but Evgeni Malkin, Nick Bjugstad and Bryan Rust are out long-term. The 25-year old forward was another one of the Penguins’ undrafted college signings, joining the organization in 2017 after two years at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Johnson has been a solid minor league player the last two seasons, scoring 43 points in 67 games for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins last season and even getting into six games in the NHL.
Still, this is a dreadful start to the season for Pittsburgh, who had their eye on a Metropolitan Division title. The team’s depth up front is being tested and all the while GM Jim Rutherford appears to be searching for a trading partner to unload one of his defensemen. Taking on the Anaheim Ducks tomorrow, you can bet there will be substantial changes if things don’t turn around quickly in Pittsburgh.